“Nothing seems to be fixed in the Christian life. For every spiritual principle, there are those odd exceptions that simply refuse to fit into our paradigms. This is true when it comes to a revelation of Jesus Christ.
By revelation, I’m not speaking of a physical vision or an audible voice. I’m speaking of that inward “knowing” of the Lord where we catch a glimpse of Him that’s so overmastering that it wipes everything else off the table. In Paul’s words, God called him by His grace to “reveal His Son in me” (Gal. 1:15-16).
In my experience, and in my observation over the last thirty years of following the Lord, I’ve discovered that as a general rule a revelation of Jesus Christ will eventually lead to a revelation of His church as well as a revelation of God’s grand mission (or Eternal Purpose).
By that I mean, knowing the Lord will necessarily lead to hungering for, desiring, and seeing the reality of His Body in practice as well as the Divine purpose for which the Body exists. The reason? Christ and the church are inseparably united. And experiencing the Head will naturally give one a spiritual instinct for the experience of the Body and the mission that God has given it.
Therefore, if you’re one of those Christians who wants to know your Lord in a more than superficial way, you will most likely have a head-on collision with the experience of His Body at some point in your life. You will “see” it and then you will “hunger” for it. And to be quite honest, you may be desparate enough to do all you can to find it and live in it.
I wish every Christian in the missional church would carefully read these two books.”